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#NextGenBrum Cannon Hill Café

New collaborative commissions for young people and emerging artists aged 16-24yrs at mac birmingham

Deadline for submissions: 1st March 2014

Cannon Hill Café is a new programme aiming to develop emerging artists by offering young people aged between 16-24yrs the chance to engage and connect with mac birmingham: by initiating, producing and delivering their own events.

The aim of these commissions is to encourage new and meaningful creative collaborations as part of theNext Gen programme at mac birmingham and to create roles for young people as producers, curators, programmers, artists and leaders. Offering young people resources including, space, production support and funds to make creative work, collaborate and test out ideas.

What’s on offer?

• 5 x young people’s commissions for an alternative events programme – the Cannon Hill Café

• £500 on offer per event

• Use of space, technical support and production support from mac staff and associate producer Amy Martin

• Free skills workshops in; events management, marketing, production and audience engagement

This commission is open to:

• Existing youth groups, youth companies and youth charities or newly formed collaborative groups of young people

• Groups based in the West Midlands

• Aged 16-24yrs – led by young people

Location: Arena Café, mac birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH

Fee: Successful applicants will receive £500/per event to be spent as a programme budget

How to apply:

Application is by proposal via email to nextgen@macarts.co.uk

Your proposal should be on no more than 2 sides of A4.

Your proposal should include:

• The skills and experience of you and your group

• An outline of what you’d like to do – your ideas and how you would create a new one off event at mac for young people

• An indication of who you would like to collaborate with or programme, and how you intend to engage your audience

Please note your event must suit a public space café with limited tech resources. You will have access to a sound and light PA, projector, screen and technician. Your event must be on either 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th May or 3rd June between 5pm-8pm. Your event must be a minimum of 1 hour to a maximum of 3 hours in duration.
Successful shortlisted applicants will be asked to pitch their idea on Saturday 15th March 2014.
We understand that proposals will be subject to change and development.
We are happy to receive proposals as video, audio files, or web-based applications.

To help you to develop your application you can sign up to the following free Cannon Hill Lectures in events management and/or take part in an information surgery. Further information below.


From Set Up to Clean Up, a crash course in Events Management Pt 1 with Amy Martin

Thu 30 Jan, 6pm-8pm | Free | Hexagon Theatre

Planning an event, exhibition, party or workshop? Need help getting started? Then this crash course in Events Management is for you. You will explore the planning process, going step by step through the different elements, along the way creating a useful timeline. You will look at how to get people to attend your event and how to manage the process from set up to clean up.

From Set Up to Clean Up, a crash course in Events Management Pt 2 with Amy Martin

Thu 6 Feb, 6pm-8pm | Free | Hexagon Theatre

Building on from Pt 1 this lecture offers a practical guide to Events Management. You’ll leave with a toolkit that will help you organise future events, the confidence to get started and the skills to manage the process from set up to clean up.

Information surgeries

Tue 28 Jan, 4pm-5pm | mac birmingham café drop in

Thu 30 Jan, 4pm-5pm |  mac birmingham café drop in

Thu 6 Feb, 4pm-5pm | mac birmingham café drop in

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Next Gen Fest

Illustration by Louise Byng
Cannon Hill Collective will be hosting Next Gen Fest on Friday 19th April at mac birmingham from 6.30pm.

A free festival of art, music and performance curated by mac birmingham’s next generation of artists the Cannon Hill Collective. This group of young creatives has been working on a unique programme of events at mac, by and for young people.

Next Gen Fest will include;

Much Beta
Much Beta is a participatory installation that brings digital image sharing into the physical world. Original artwork from local creatives will be exhibited and become subject to a process of copying and exchange, reminiscent of the re-blogging and sharing of images around the World Wide Web. www.muchbeta.tumblr.com

Get involved… We’re looking for images, to be included in the installation, inspired by the very internet itself – its origins, its current state and its future. All 2D media are welcomed (painting, drawing, collage, photography, stitch etc) but submissions must be no bigger than A4 in size. From Leonardo da Vinci to LOLcats, we’re looking for imaginative interpretations of the brief, but please be aware we will not accept sensitive or harmful content. For more information check IdeasTap. This brief closes on Tuesday 9 April at 5pm and is open to Midlands-based IdeasTap members aged 16 – 24. Not a member of IdeasTap? Sign up: It’s free and anyone can join.

Visit: whatsthisstory.tumblr.com and you will find an online story that you yourself can contribute to. Submit your 150 words and it may be the next part of the story. Feel free to also submit your videos, music, art, and illustrations, and the best parts will be exhibited at Next Gen Fest.

Off Print
An ancient Czech folk tale of love and war is reinvented with a blend of spoken word, dance and live music.

5MINUTES is an open mic night like no other, 5 Minutes invites performers from across different disciplines to do something. That’s it. Something. There are only two rules. The first is that we respectfully request performers refrain from doing something they have ever performed on stage before. The second is that the performance must be encapsulated within the performer’s five minutes. One stage. One audience. One chance. What would you do with yours?

Open Decks
Open Decks provide a stage for new and emerging DJs to showcase their musical talents, all artists first submit some of their work for the team to listen to and are carefully selected to ensure a wide range of musical styles are explored throughout the night.

Get involved… 
Cannon Hill Collective have a unique opportunity for emerging DJs, music producers and beatmakers to perform at Cannon Hill Collective’s Next Gen Fest on Friday 19th April. Each DJ will receive £50 for their performance (up to 20 minutes). Apply through IdeasTap and send a mixtape or sound/mixcloud link plus a short bio by 9th April. Not a member of IdeasTap? Sign up: It’s free and anyone can join.


Illustration by Louise Byng.